'Pokemon Snap' strikes a pose on Wii U next week ...in Japan

The photography-based game hits the Wii U Virtual Console abroad, but no word on a domestic release.

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Kazuhiro Nogi via Getty Images
Kazuhiro Nogi via Getty Images

It's been almost 17 years to the day since Pokémon Snap released on the Nintendo 64 and we still haven't seen a sequel. The quirky on-rails first-person "shooter" that had you taking pictures of the pocket monsters in their natural habitat released just as Poké fever was catching on here in the States, but since then fans' imaginations have been the only place for a follow-up. Next week on April 4th Nintendo is releasing the game on the Wii U Virtual Console. In Japan. Where it'll cost a paltry ¥1,028 ($9.15).

Is it a sign of a sequel to come? One to make use of the Wii U's gyroscopic gamepad that'd be perfect as a viewfinder for a modern version of the game, or just another tease? Only Nintendo (and perhaps Professor Oak) knows the answer to those questions. For now, just be happy that at least one region can play the game without having to drag the old N64 or Wii out of the closet.

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